Landmark Education and the Landmark Forum

May 28, 2013

Landmark and Lululemon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — landmarkeducationinaustralia @ 6:55 pm

Many people know that Lululemon Athletica is one of those companies that sends its employees to The Landmark Forum for training and development (Panda Express is another one). I’ve read this in a few publications, which usually have some snide things to say about both Landmark and Lululemon – I’m not sure whether they’re using Landmark to insult Lululemon or the other way around.

Lululemon and Landmark seem to attract the same fans and the same haters, which besides their business connection, seems like it’s because both are cult brands that people often love or hate.

Personally, I think it has a lot to do with responsibility. Both Landmark and Lululemon promote responsibility over making excuses and blaming others for one’s failings. While this seems like a common sense approach to life, it seems like it annoys some people. I think many people are attached to their reasons and blame of others, and don’t know what they’d do without them.

Also, some people seem to equate the idea that if one is responsible, one is somehow to blame for the stupid things other people do. Being responsible, to me, is a view one takes to give oneself power, not some evaluation on the state of the world, and it doesn’t mean stupid things others do are your fault.

Chip Wilson, Lululemon’s founder, has some interesting things to say about this in this old article about Landmark and Lululemon.

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July 2, 2010

Integrity and Having your Life Work

Filed under: inspiration — Tags: , , — landmarkeducationinaustralia @ 8:32 pm

I’ve written about integrity, and the Landmark Education definition of it, a few times before, but I think it’s worth reviewing the issue as relates to personal effectiveness and performance. I’ve been reading bits of a good book titled ‘The Economics of Integrity’ which shows how our entire economy is built on trust, and when it disappears, the economic consequences can be devastating. It also discusses the recent global financial crisis, where it’s pretty obvious that a lack of integrity demonstrated by many people in the financial industry has had a huge impact on all of us.

All of this is fairly obvious to most people, and yet we are very remiss in applying the principle to ourselves. Said in a slightly different way, when it’s so clear that a lack of integrity can make the economy and society unworkable, why do we think we can get a way with a lack of integrity in our lives? Why do we think we can lack integrity in our lives and have them still be workable?

People that know me and know Landmark Education know the idea that we’re not talking about integrity as a moral issue, but as an issue of workability – being late for a meeting doesn’t make you a bad person, but it makes the meeting less workable, to give a simple example.

Generally, we think that a lack of integrity in society is bad for society, and a lack of integrity on our own part might speak bad of us, but we don’t really think that it will make our lives work less effectively.

One of my favorite blogs, Solid Gold Creativity, has written an excellent post that makes the point very well (and also links to a document created by one of Landmark’s founders, check it out). It points out how every broken promise (even to yourself) or lie or not doing what you know to do adds up and has a huge impact on your life. It affects the view others have of view, the view you have of yourself, your view of what’s possible in life, and it affects what results it’s possible for you to produce.

I know personally that the seemingly little things, like paying a bill late or not exercising when I’ve told myself to do it, or not returning a phone call subtly add up to a mountain – collectively those things can destroy the ‘blank canvas’ for my life, my view that today is a new day and I can accomplish anything. Instead they leave me feeling mediocre and resigned.

So lately I’ve started a bit of an experiment: integrity for its own sake. Not because it makes me a good person, or that it will immediately lead to some great result, but just to see what becomes possible when I honour my word. We’ll see what happens!

October 31, 2008

Grandson of Inspiring Quotes

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It’s back! By popular demand (well, not really) I have come out with another batch of inspiring quotes…

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. …. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”

–from “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho

Happiness is when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony.
–Mahatma Gandhi
This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple;
the philosophy is kindness.
— Dalai Lama
The drop of water can carve the Rock
The glacier can carve the Mountain
Thusly do consistency and perseverance
Overcome all obstacles
— Jon Peniel

“The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They’re not the Way.”

—Bodidharma

May 30, 2008

Son of Inspiring Quotes

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“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

–Ghandi

“Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world.”

–Helen Keller

“Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.”

–Persian Proverb

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

–Albert Einstein

“Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.”

–Carlos Casteneda

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